Professor Wei Zhang

Professor

Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development

+61 8 72218557
place Health Sciences Building (4.21)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Prof WEI ZHANG, a Biochemical Engineer since 1989, has strong research and teaching expertise in bioprocess engineering, marine bioproducts engineering, and industrial and pharmaceutical biotechnology including, marine bioprocessing, molecular and integrated bioprocessing, microalgal biofuels and biorefinery, bioproduct discovery and development, membrane bioreactor, fermentation, plant and animal cell culture. He obtained his PhD from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and did his Postdocs in University of Tokyo, Adelaide University and Cambridge University. He joined Flinders University in 1998. Since 2000, he has secured many national and international grants of over A$40 millions for 50 research projects. He has found the Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development at Flinders University and became its inaugural Director in 2009. He has published over 200 refereed Journal papers, 140+ conference presentations, 20+ industrial reports, eight Journal special issues, two conference proceedings, two edited books. He is an editorial member of three International Journals- Marine Biotechnology, Process Biochemistry, and Biofuels. He has organised and chaired more than 30 international conferences and sessions, including 13th International Biotechnology Symposium with over 2500 participants, and 8th Asia-Pacific Algal Biotechnology Conference. He is a winner of "South Australia Young Tall Poppy Science Award" in 2008, "Taishan Blue Economy Leading Scholar Award" in 2014, and "Convention Adelaide Award" in 2016 . He is the Inaugural President of Australia-New Zealand Marine Biotechnology Society, and Chair of Marine Biotechnology Subcommittee, Australia National Marine Science Committee.

Qualifications
B.E. Chemical Engineering (Dalian University of Technology, China), 1989
Ph.D. Biochemical Engineering (Dalian Institues of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China), 1994
Honours, awards and grants

2017 Overseas and Hong Kong-Macao Scholar Collaborative Research Fund, NSFC

2016 Convention Adelaide Award

2014 Taishan Blue Economy Leading Scholar Award

2008 South Australia Young Tall Poppy Science Awards
2004 Adjunct Professorship at Tianjin University, China
2000/01 Visiting Professorship at Kyushu University, Japan
2000 Visiting Professorship at Cornell University, USA
2000 Adjunct Professorship at Dalian Insititute of Chemical Physics, CAS, China
2000 "100 Talent Program Award", Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
2000 K.C. Wong Research Award, Hong-Kong, China
1999 Flinders Technologies Fellowship to visit the University of Cambridge, UK
1997/99 ARC Fellowship to work in Uni of Adelaide and Flinders Uni, Australia
1996/97 Monbusho High-Tech Fellowship to work in University of Tokyo, Japan
1995 First-Class Paper Award of Satellite Symposium, Chinese Association of Sceince and Technology, China
1994 Presidential Scholarship of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
1993 Presidential Scholarship of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Key responsibilities

Professor in Bioprocessing and Marine Biotechnology

Founding Director, Flinders Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development (CMBD)
College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University

Director, China-Australia Joint Laboratory for Native Bioresource Industry Innovation (CANBI2)

Research expertise
Fisheries science
Food sciences
Industrial biotechnology
Medical biotechnology
Microbiology
Nanotechnology
Neurosciences
Other biological sciences
Other engineering
Plant biology
Technology
Research interests

Detailed research projects can be found at Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development

Marine Bioproducts and Bioprocessing

  • Value-added to seafood processing by-products and by-catches
  • Bioprospecting and bio-discovery of marine bioproducts
  • Large-scale culture of marine organisms
  • Marine environmental biotechnology
  • Marine biomaterials

Bioenergy and Biorefinery

  • Microalgal-based bioenergy and biofuels
  • Photobiological hydrogen production from marine algae
  • Biorefinery of microalgae biomass

Molecular Plant Cell-Based Bioprocessing

  • Development of plant cell/tissue culture for production of secondary metabolites
  • Metabolic optimization of biosynthetic pathway of secondary metabolism
  • Manipulation of post-biosynthetic pathway of plant cell culture
  • Non-linear plant cell-based bioprocess
  • Metabolic profiling of plant secondary metabolism
  • Screening and discovery of bioactives from Australian native plants

Integrated Bioprocessing and Dynamic Process Optimization

  • Integrated bioprocess
  • Immobilized cell system
  • Membrane bioreactors
  • Modelling and supercomputer simulation of bioprocess
  • Downstream processing, isolation, purification
Teaching interests
Prof Zhang teaches University students on how the modern pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries develop and design the production process for making drugs, nutritional materials, and biological products from bacteria, plants, and animals of both terrestrial and marine origin. His main teaching interests are:

Bioprocessing and Industrial Biotechnology
Industrial and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Biofuels and Biorefinery
Marine Biotechnology
Biotechnology and Community
Enterprise Management in Biotechnology
Topic coordinator
BTEC3003 Industrial and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
BTEC9008 Industrial and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology GE
BTEC3005 Integrating Biotechnology
BTEC8007 Protein Biotechnology
Topic lecturer
BTEC2001 Biotechnology: From Bench to Community
BTEC4001 Biobusiness
BTEC9001 Biobusiness GE
BTEC9006 Professional Skills in Biotechnology
BTEC9640 Masters Research Project in Biotechnology (Medicine)
BTEC1001 Introduction to Biotechnology
BTEC9000 Biotechnology Research Project (Medicine)
Supervisory interests
Bioactive foods
Biomaterials
Bioprocess technology
Cell culture
Industrial biotechnology
Marine bioproducts engineering
Marine biotechnology
Marine microbiology
Pharmaceutical biotechnology and natural product drug discovery
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Marine biotechology (7)
Associate supervisor: Marine biotechology (3)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Marine biotechology (2)
Associate supervisor: Marine biotechology (6)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Qi Yang

2017 Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - MAY 2018

Suvimol Charoensiddhi

2017 Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - MAY 2018

Publications
Expert for media contact
Alternative medicine
Biodiversity
Biotechnology
China
Education - Science
Fermentation technology
Marine science
Pharmaceuticals
Waste treatment
Water resources
Biofuels and Biorefinery
Industrial Biotechnology
Marine Biotechnology
Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Available for contact via
+61 8 72218557
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Alternative medicine
  • Biodiversity
  • Biotechnology
  • China
  • Education - Science
  • Fermentation technology
  • Marine science
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Waste treatment
  • Water resources
Interests
  • Biofuels and Biorefinery
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Marine Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Further information
You can find out the news story on our research at: Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development - News & Resources